The Surprising Way Prince William Uses YouTube

Prince William and Kate Middleton don’t allow Prince George and Princess Charlotte to watch YouTube videos on an iPad, but that doesn’t stop the Duke of Cambridge from using the social platform for his own entertainment (or, in this case, education).

Prince William watches YouTube tutorials

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Prince William watches hair tutorials on YouTube. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

While on a royal visit to Blackpool, England earlier this month, Prince William caught up with a fellow dad and revealed how he started watching YouTube videos to learn how to style his daughter, Princess Charlotte’s hair. So far, the future king has only really mastered a ponytail, but still says thinks it’s a “nightmare” to tackle.

“Never try to do a ponytail!” he advised the fellow father and then called the popular ‘do a “nightmare.” Kate Middleton then went on to joke about her husband’s new hobby and even tested his knowledge of different styles. “Have you tried to do a plait [braid]?” It’s the weaving … really hard,” she asked Prince William. “I can do [Charlotte’s] ponytail, but that’s about it as I don’t have enough hair to practice on!” the Duke of Cambridge replied.

Royal family social media use

Learning how to style hair isn’t the only way members of the royal family use social media. Take a closer look at their social media habits, ahead.

Instagram posts

Full-time royal family members like Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle aren’t allowed to use Instagram. However, they stay connected with fans through three official Instagram handles, @kensingtonroyal (for all things related to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex), @theroyalfamily (for more broad posts about all members of the royal family), and @clarencehouse (for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ work).

The queen recently posted on the royal family’s general Instagram post for the first time. “Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors,” her caption read.

Some members of the royal family break the queen’s social media rule and have their own Instagram account. It is believed that Prince Harry had a secret Instagram account that Meghan Markle (when she had social media) once followed. Additionally, Princess Eugenie has an official Instagram account.

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The royal family also stays connected via Twitter. And while most use the official accounts to share news, others have their own accounts. Case in point: Princess Beatrice shares her life and work with follows via @yorkiebea on Twitter.

She might have had an active Twitter account in the past, but Meghan Markle never goes on the social media platform anymore. “I don’t read anything, it’s much safer that way, but equally that’s just my own personal preference because I think positive or negative, it can all sort of just feel like noise to a certain extent these days,” she noted during a panel discussion on International Women’s Day. She added that she stays off Twitter “to focus on the real cause.”

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